REFLECTIONS ON MATISSE
A musical homage to Henri Matisse.
Our program opened with Michelle Ross performing an improvisation and the Adagio from Bach’s first violin sonata, a piece that Matisse loved.
Then we presented the world premiere of Reflections artistic director Bruce Wolosoff's new quartet 3 Fantasies on Charcoal Drawings by Matisse, scored for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Bruce was joined by clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, violinist Michelle Ross, and cellist Clarice Jensen in this performance.
The program closed with a set of compositions and improvisations by west coast based composer-pianist Jeremy Siskind inspired by pieces from Matisse's beautiful Jazz series of collages.
REFLECTIONS ON DEBUSSY
"Reflections on Debussy" premiered in-person on Sunday, March 6 at the Church in Sag Harbor. The online premiere was streamed Wednesday, March 16 and was available online until March 30th.
In this program, composer-pianist Bruce Wolosoff provided an insider's look at some of the most popular works for piano by one of his favorite composers, Claude Debussy.
"Subtly poetic and beautifully shaded." -The New York Times
“The World is Still Beautiful” streamed on Sunday, December 12th, 2021 at 8 pm and was available online through January 2nd.
When times are dark, the artists in a society remind us of the beauty of this world, and in so doing, give us hope for renewal.
In addition to music by Franz Schubert, saxophonist Hayes Greenfield, and Bruce Wolosoff (performed with cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio), this program included art work by April Gornik, and a special viewing of “New Song,” created by choreographer Andrea Miller for the New York City Ballet.
MUSIC IN RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Reflections in Music made its return to live, in-person concerts with the world premiere of two cello sonatas written by our new artistic director, composer and pianist, Bruce Wolosoff.
Composed during the height of the pandemic, the sonatas offer two meditations on climate change. Requiem for the Planet is a four-movement work that considers the prospect of irrevocable loss, while Paradise Found was written as an affirmation of the preciousness of life.
Joining the composer was world renowned cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio, a Grammy-award winning cellist, founding member of the Eroica Trio, and a regular collaborator of Wolosoff's.
REFLECTIONS ON POETRY & INSPIRATION
We launched our new season with an online mini-festival exploring the power of poetry to inspire other art forms. The first program presented a livestream performance of music, dance, and video art inspired by poetry, along with some of the poems that inspired them.
(Mostly) Music Inspired by Poetry,
Premiered April 29, 2021
In our second program, we presented responses to the music of three leading contemporary composers by six poets and three dancers.
In continuing our theme for this Spring, Reflections presented a curated performance of young musicians performing music inspired by poetry. Clips from the event can be seen on our YouTube channel.
May 20th, 2021 @8pm: Young Musicians Concert: "More Music Inspired by Poetry"